09/16/2011 07:51 EDT | Updated 10/22/2011 05:12 EDT

Maximize Your Workout: Make The Most Of Your Gym Time With These Tips

To get through our day-to-day time commitments, we make a plan for everything, from what's for dinner to date night to pick-up times for ballet and hockey lessons. When on the road, we pick the quickest route to get from A to B to C. Well, guess what? The same can be done for your workout routine.

Here are five ways to "get in, work out and get out."

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1. Cardio Sprints: Cut your cardio time by 1/3 by using sprint intervals. Start with a five-minute warm up, then accelerate to a sprint for one minute, back off for 30 seconds to a minute, and repeat.

2. Don't Stop: Unless you are lifting weights for a championship match, keep your breaks between sets to 30 seconds. Remember to lift your weights slowly to increase their impact on your body.

3. Compound Moves: Compound moves combine two or more muscle groups into one exercise. For example, to combine legs and shoulders, compound a stationary lunge with a shoulder press. Try a complete compound workout for an efficient, time-saving plan.

4. Full Range Of Motion: Although there is a great deal of benefit to work partial ranges of motion (ie., bottom half biceps), when you are pressed for time and efficiency, go for a heavier weight and full range of motion.

5. Go Alone And With A Plan: Workout buddies are great, but gossiping and catching up can get in the way of the task at hand. If you're sort on time, go solo and stay focused.

Sarah Brown is a very healthy woman. She is not only a fitness instructor at Goodlife where she teaches Body Pump, Body Flow and yoga but she is also a registered holistic nutritionist.